Police recorded crime data showed evidence that violence was at a similar level to the previous year.
There is evidence of rises in some more harmful, less frequently-occurring offences, such as:
- offences involving knives or sharp instrument (up 22% to 39,598 recorded offences)
- offences involving firearms (up 11% to 6,604 recorded offences)
These offences tend to be disproportionately concentrated in London and other metropolitan areas; however,
the majority of police force areas saw rises in these types of violent crime.
"Today’s figures show that, for most types of offence, the picture of crime has been fairly stable, with
levels much lower than the peak seen in the mid-1990s. Eight in ten adults had not experienced any of the
crimes asked about in our survey in the latest year.
However, we have seen an increase in the relatively rare, but "high-harm" violent offences such as homicide,
knife crime and gun crime, a trend that has been emerging over the previous two years. We have also seen
evidence that increases in some types of theft have continued, in particular vehicle-related theft and
— Alexa Bradley, Crime Statistics and Analysis, Office for National Statistics